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The top entertainment apps for BlackBerry 10

By James Richardson on 5 Feb 2014 03:50 pm EST
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Us BlackBerry 10 users seem to be split into two main categories - those who want their BlackBerry for productivity first and foremost - and those who use it for gaming/entertainment on top of being productive. I'm guilty of being a productivity man - hence why I use the BlackBerry Q10 as my daily driver, however, I'm also lucky enough to own the BlackBerry Z30 which is where I tend to use apps for non-productive reasons - normally laying on my bed. 

When it comes to entertainment applications on BlackBerry 10 we've a pretty big selection of offer - even more so now that BlackBerry 10.2.1 allows for easier loading of Android apps. As you'll see - top of my list will in fact be an Android app and it runs perfectly on BlackBerry 10. 

So if you like to kick back and relax with your BlackBerry, here's our top selection for keeping you entertained: 

 

Netflix

As mentioned above we don't have a native Netflix app for BlackBerry 10, but that doesn't matter now that we have BlackBerry 10.2.1 and the ability to load many more Android applications with ease. I'll be honest and say that I tend not to watch movies on my BlackBerry all that often but even on my BlackBerry Q10, Netflix now has a permanent home in my media folder for those times when I'm out and have some time to kill. 

If you are a Netflix subscriber this one is a must have for your BlackBerry - Z30 and Z10 owners in particular will get an awesome experience. Check out the following link on how to get Netflix installed onto your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. 

More information on how to install Netflix for BlackBerry 10​

 

Flixter for BlackBerry 10

Another great app for you movie buffs. Flixter for BlackBerry 10 offers a wide range of features if you want to check out what's on at the movies, watch trailers or just find out more information about who's in the movies you're interested in. 

  • Browse the top box office movies and movies opening soon 
  • Look up showtimes at your favorite theater and buy tickets (from participating theaters)
  • Browse new & upcoming releases on DVD
  • Get critic reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
  • Watch high quality trailers 
  • Search for movies by title, director, or actors

More information/Download for Flixter BlackBerry 10​

 

Nobex Radio

Nobex Radio has been a firm favorite of mine since it first hit BlackBerry 10. The 'Built for BlackBerry' app is the perfect companion for you if you like to listen to music or podcasts on the go. With over 16,000 stations available to choose from you can pretty much guarantee to find one to suit your tastes. 

There is both a free and paid version of Nobex, however I've never found the need to part with any cash for what I want from the app. A must have app for music lovers. 

More information/Download Nobex for BlackBerry 10

 

Crackle

Movie time once again and Crackle offers a free native BB10 streaming service for movies and TV shows. This one certainly isn't on-par with the likes of Netflix as the content is not as recent, however there are some old classics to be found. Still well worthy of being in the 'top' selection in my opinion. 

Full features include:

  • Watch full-length Hollywood movies and TV series
  • FREE to download app, FREE to watch
  • Unlimited, on demand viewing
  • 20 new movies and TV episodes added monthly
  • Genres including: action, anime, music, comedy, crime, horror, thriller, and sci-fi
  • Build and manage your Watchlist for viewing on your phone, online, smart TV or gaming console.

More information/Download Crackle for BlackBerry 10

 

BBC iPlayer

If you have a look in BlackBerry World for the BBC iPlayer you'll find it there, but unfortunately it's just a shortcut to the web version, so all it will do is open up your BlackBerry 10 browser. Although slightly misleading, it actually runs perfectly on the browser and whether a native app would offer a better experience is debatable. 

But if you do want the app you can always grab the Android version by following the instructions in the link below. What is a bit weird is that if you do install the Android BBC iPlayer app it won't run until you also install the BBC Services app - which has the iPlayer integrated, so you may as well just grab that one. 

Whichever option you decide on you'll have the BBC's content at your fingertips for whenever you need to catch up on your missed shows. 

More information on how to download BBC iPlayer (Android) for BlackBerry 10

 

SoundCloud

Another app for music lovers - SoundCloud will let you hear what's new and next from the world's largest community of musicians, bands, producers and audio creators of all types. You'll need to sign up to use the app, although no costs are involved and then you're good to go. Search for artists or songs, 'like' them, create playlists and more. 

Key features include: 

  • Search and discover new music & audio
  • Discover and follow diverse music & audio creators
  • Play playlists, or create your own and share them with your followers
  • Hear a stream of new tracks wherever you are; streaming audio playback over WiFi or cellular data connection
  • Record audio with one touch and easily share it to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Tumblr

​If you like to keep up with everything new in the world of music SoundCloud will give you what you need. 

​More information/Download SoundCloud for BlackBerry 10

 

TuneIn Radio

Finally, another radio app but a nice alternative to Nobex. TuneIn radio will allow you to search not only by genre, but also by location, so you can quickly find local radio stations if that's your thing. Once you find the one you want the station will start streaming and with just two screen taps you can add it to your favorites list for easy access. 

With a simple black user interface TuneIn will give you access to over 100,000 radio stations and over two million podcasts. What more could you want? 

More information/Download TuneIn Radio for BlackBerry 10

 

That's all folks!

That's our selection complete. One thing worth noting is that all the apps we have chosen will stream content to your BlackBerry so you'll need to either ensure you have a suitable data package with your network provider, or jump onto Wi-Fi whenever you can. 

 

46 comments

Observation Junkie

Flixter needs serious uplift

Catapulted from my Z10.

Observation Junkie

Flixter is great on OS7, but poor on BB10,

Catapulted from my Z10.

DurdenLunarius

Agree that Flixster is in some serious hurt on BB10. Currently have the Android app working until the native BB10 gets updated.

The_Dark_Knight_Forever

That's right. What's up with not being able to watch the movies I own with the app? I've contacted them about the issue but it's been futile.

Posted with my T-Mobile USA BlackBerry Q10 via CB10.

neo158

I wouldn't worry too much, outside the US the Flixster app on Windows Phone lacks the ability to watch movies as well.

Gnomesane

Hype Machine is a great little Music app as well in a similar vein as Sound Cloud.

Posted via CB10

MrGlenn

True, I used Hype a lot until we got the FM radio function. Now I just use it for the featured albums! :)

BlackBerry 10 signed.

Gnomesane

No such luck for me, I'm using a Z10. :)

Posted via CB10

NFZ

I love soundcloud but they seriously need to make improvements!
The interface is way too slow and buggy right now

Posted via CB10

LostOnThePianoRoll

I must honestly say that soundcloud is the smoothest running android app on my Z10 no competition

Posted via CB10 on my Z10STL100-1/10.2.1.1055

Dominick079

Nobex and Flixster are 2 of my favorite apps. But Flixster definitely needs a update

Posted Via AT&T BlackBerry Z10

djfawbz

Vevo is a great music video app. I side loaded it on my Z10

Markus Mohr

Radio.de App for Germany runs smooth!

Posted via CB10

Drmoe

Love these lists!

Posted using the best phone ever, the white Z10!

Dirks2.0

For anyone who likes Korean of other asian Dramas and movies there is the Viki app available in Blackberry World. it's an older version but you can install an updated one off of Snap. There is also Dramafever offering similar service but it is only available as an apk

youngflonzo

Get that I heart radio app, ya hurd...!

Posted via CB10

skynny70

How did you not list Spotify? It was the main reason I loaded my first ever leaked OS prior to the official 10.2.1 release from the carriers.

The Android version works great for me on my Z10.

jcarlos100

What about crunchyroll :D

Posted via CB10

rdgroulx

Nobex is surely nice but I struggle when they call an internet-only stream "international" and ask for a fee. They merely link the content which TuneIn hands you over freely with a smile.

Considering they provide none of the content I would prefer they charge me for app features instead of asking for $ for something available to all for free.

Posted via CB10

myckle

What about Hype Machine?

Posted via CB10

bikindrumz

No Songza love?

Posted via CB10

byrdbrained

Crackle is great for their original series'. And movie nostalgia as well given the age of their offerings. Great list here!

Swiping and flicking like I'm stuck in a bag of mosquitoes!

koolrosh

Crackle's shows are really under appreciated. They have some amazing selection of Anime series, some top movies and even some original content that are exclusive to Crackle.

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kraidx

Any clues on why I'm getting unavailable for your device with Crackle and flixter

Posted via CB10

yulian_budi

Nice share... now I know where to kill my time!$$

Posted from my lovely Z10

Ragbert

I've had the rad.io app and really like it. It finds thousands of radio stations from all over the world, and just received an update 2 days ago.
http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/30838898

Posted via my Q10, SQN100-2, 10.1.0.4189

Shannon Stauffer

iHeart radio and slacker radio are 2 of my favorite Internet radio stations along with tune in

Posted via CB10

Fiddle Deedee

What about Apollo? It integrates with your Pandora account.

Posted via CB10

BerryRipe

Ditto and it doesn't have commercials at all. The only think is you need to learn the gestures because there's no icons for play-pause-skip-like-unlike. You can even delete stations you no longer want by holding and sliding station to the right.

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

Azad Va

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Posted via CB10

tripple dunk

I don't get why Netflix is a big deal on a phone.

Why would anyone want to watch a movie on a small screen phone whether it be a samsung note or galaxy or BlackBerry z30.

Nothing beats movie on a tv

White Z10

jlbenc

I'd love to watch Netflix on my Z10, it's not working on Z10 STL100-1 :(

Posted via CB10

sologtr

Being able to watch Netflix is icing on the cake! I love to tell my colleagues (iOS and android users) the superb performance of BB10; most of them are surprised!

Posted by CB10 via Z30

jsille

If only Tunein Radio got an update... I'd be really happy...

BBM channel: C0040FF4D..... Proudly Z10 owner...

cduke66

BBC iplayer is saying it can only play content for users in UK.

Posted via CB10

Zmain

Out of your app selection only tunin makes the list for plus it's app that I rarely use.

There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

JJStripes

I love being able to use Netflix with 10.2.1. Pretty much every evening I find myself firing up Netflix on my Z30 and connecting to my 50 inch TV via miracast. This setup is the bomb!

Posted via CB10

Kobe Barksdale

What about iHeart Radio!? It's Native and works better than what's listed

Posted via CB10

SomeoneOrOther

TuneIn definitely needs an update for BB10 or else a Pro version.

I'm tired of getting "stream not available" for radio stations, and not getting this issue on my iOS version.

Posted via CB10

sixer6

Rad.io is a much better alternative than tunein. It's the best free one out there.

BlueBerryNYC

I think soundnine is better for BlackBerry 10 then soundcloud is.

Reporting Live from my #blackberryZ30

VLinSD

Digitally Imported

Posted via CB10

JWNY

Crackberry app is enough for me

Posted via CB10

Thirdie Palma

I didn't find Crackle on App World. Strange...

Posted via CB10

Superfly_FR

Thanks James !
For the few French residents out here, I'll add that the French public television has released its "Francetv Pluzz" app into BBWorld lately. This app allows to watch public channels live and also have on demand replay. Everything is free here, from the app to the replay.
I'm not sure how the android app works if you're not in France (not tested - is listed for me in snap though), but this could be a nice addition for those of you speaking French or wanting to practice/learn.

kwoytas

If you are into the old radio shows, check out OTR Radio. The only thing I don't like is it downloads the shows onto my device but I can delete after listening.

Posted via CB10